The Graduate School offers Travel Assistance Grants for Graduate Students (TAGGS) in support of Master’s and PhD graduate students who plan to travel to national or international conferences and give a presentation.

Grants are offered for two travel periods each academic year. For these travel periods, there are corresponding time intervals for submission of applications to request funding.

Application Acceptance Interval

Travel Period

October 1 - Feb 8

January 1 - June 30, Spring Semester

April 1 - September 30

July 1 - December 31, Fall Semester





Consideration for the award is contingent on receipt of all of the following prior to travel:

  1. Online application (requires authentication using Net ID/Password through myState) that includes a brief letter of request that justifies why funding assistance is needed and the significance of the conference.
  2. Letter of authorized travel support by the department head
  3. Documentation of an abstract being accepted by the conference
    • In the absence of documentation of acceptance of an abstract, a decision to award funds can be made on a contingency basis, i.e. until suitable documentation is provided PRIOR to the conference/meeting. If documentation of presentation is not received, then awarded funds will be revoked.
  4. The copy of Concur documentation with appropriate information and signatures, and itemization of expenses

Submit all documentation (department head authorization, documentation of abstract being accepted, and copy of Concur with itemization of expenses) to The Graduate School in 617 Allen Hall (Campus Mailstop: 9703) or through email to Lilli Harris (lharris@grad.msstate.edu).

Please be advised of the following requirements and restrictions:

  • For each graduate student, funding is limited to once per Academic Calendar.
  • The maximum level of funding awarded is $800 per request.
  • Student must register and participate in either Graduate Research Symposium, 3MT Competition or Image of Research.
  • Awards for travel to regional conferences are rare and require strong justification for consideration.
  • No more than two requests will be approved per department per application period. Including evidence of department financial support increases the probability of funding.
  • A decision will be made by the Graduate TAGGS Committee when All required application materials are received. Complete application packages are considered in order they are received. After the review, the graduate student will be informed of the award.
  • The completed applications will be reviewed and awarded a month prior to the date of the conference which the graduate student will be attending.
  • Applications for TAGGS will be considered until either application acceptance period expires or the maximum funds available per granting period have been exhausted.

TAGGS Awards will be reviewed on a monthly basis for the travel period.

For additional information about the TAGGS program, please contact Lilli Harris at lharris@grad.msstate.edu or 662-325-1622.

**Fall 2021 application is now open. The Graduate School will be granting awards in compliance with the current MSU travel guidelines.**